Tamil Nadu‘s Murugan Ashwin took a stunning flying catch to get rid of Kerala captain Sanju Samson in the first quarter-final of the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021. The match took place at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, on Thursday.
Samson danced down to a length delivery from left-arm spinner Sanjay Yadav. But he couldn’t reach the pitch of the ball. The ball turned away from him sharply and he had to look to hit the ball, and only managed a thick outside edge as the ball flew towards point where Murugan Ashwin was stationed.
Murugan Ashwin leapt to his left with both hands outstretched and grabbed the ball to complete an excellent catch.
Tamil Nadu, Vidarbha seal semi-final spots
Defending champions Tamil Nadu entered the semifinals with a 5-wicket win over Kerala at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Opener Rohan Kunnummal scored 51 off 43 balls before Vishnu Vinod slammed 65 off 26 to take Kerala to 181.
Tamil Nadu had four batters crossing 30, with Sai Sudharsan’s 46 being the highest, as they chased down the target with three balls to spare.
Star opener N Jagadeesan fell in the third over for 7, Hari Nishanth and Sudharsan steadied the innings before skipper Vijay Shankar and Sanjay Yadav teed off in the end. Shahrukh Khan whacked 2 sixes in his 9-ball 19.
In the second quarter-final, it was a straightforward 9-wicket win for Vidarbha over Rajasthan at the Palam Stadium in Delhi. Vidarbha bowlers kept a tight hand over the Rajasthan batters who could manage 84/8 in 20 overs. Rajasthan slipped to 18/5 inside five overs before Kamlesh Nagarkoti’s 39-run knock off 48 balls took them to 84.
Chasing a low total for Vidarbha, openers Atharva Taide and Ganesh Satish putting on a 63-run stand before the latter was dismissed by Ganesh Satish. Vidarbha chased down the target with 5.1 overs to spare to book a place in the semi-final.
The remaining two quarter-finals are between Bengal and Karnataka, and between Gujarat and Hyderabad.